Storefronts/ Street scenes

December 24, 2010

In Jingdezhen, I always enjoyed peering in store fronts (with the exception of a few neighborhoods); the stores are mostly very small and often very specialized. Here is a collection of some of my favorites, as well as a few other scenes from Jingdezhen.

This cart is selling various personal effects: belts, hair clips etc. By the end of the trip, I found myself buying food from a motorcycle with a cart attached.

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Last Stop: Beijing

December 20, 2010

The final three days of our trip were spent in Beijing. As we also took a day trip to the Great Wall, it was altogether too short of a time to se much in Beijing, especially since Day 1 was partially spent in recovery from the overnight train ride from Xi’an. Still, I managed to see the Imperial Palace (aka Forbidden City), and the 798 District, which is an enormous area of galleries, museums and shops.

The Forbidden City was much larger than I had ever imagined it to be. I particularly enjoyed seeing all the glazed tiles which comprise many of the roofs and walls in the city.

Around sunset, they started to really look like gold.

The Great Wall was a great excursion. The part that we reached first had been restored fairly recently. However, about half a mile, and many, many stairs to the west, I reached an unrestored portion.

Beijing also meant repacking bags, confirming flights, last meals of Chinese food, and trying to comprehend what it would be like to return to the United States. Certainly the first few days felt very odd, but I think I am readjusting pretty well.

I still have a number of photographs that I would like to post here. In the near future you can anticipate the following categories: storefronts, food, favorite street scenes, construction/workers and a portfolio of my work from the fall.

This is my last dinner in China: noodles, eggplant, greens, chicken.


Xi’an

December 17, 2010

We left Jingdezhen on December 6, and headed to Xi’an via a bus and then plane. It was a rather hectic and tearful departure from JCI; I’ll fill in some of those holes soon, along with photos of my work. We were in Xi’an for four days and did a lot of sight seeing, including the Terracotta Warriors, Han Tombs, Chenlu (an old pottery village), Xi’an Provincial Museum, Big Goose Pagoda (an historic Buddhist sight), the Forest of Steles (old stone tablets). As well, there was Starbucks (I admit it was great), the International Youth Hostel, which featured silverware, and more foreigners and English speakers than I knew what do to do with. Xi’an is the ancient capital of China, and the start of the Silk Road. Our hotel was near the Muslim street market, which featured some delicious food, dried fruit and nuts, and a lot of silk or silk-like products. I seem to have taken over 1,000 photos in Xi’an alone; here are a few favorites.

Dates – I love these baskets.

From the Han Tombs.

These are from the Terracotta Warriors Museum – they were in the ‘Acrobat Pit’. The scale of the Terracotta Warriors is completely astounding – both as individual objects and as an entity. In fact, the true scale is currently unknown as many of them are still underground.

The museum in Xi’an had an outstanding collection of ceramics; this is my favorite piece.


Home again, home again

December 15, 2010

Well, here I am, sheepishly updating my blog from the United States. In my defense, the past month has not only been very busy but my internet connection was extremely sporadic.

I’ve been back in the US since yesterday; I am enjoying the luxuries of potable tap water, flannel sheets and clothes driers. Silverware seems like an abomination. The sudden reversal of the language barrier is very disconcerting; suddenly I can understand everything that everyone is saying around me. Language overload. That said, I am happy to be safely back. I am currently in Boston, and will be on the east coast visiting family and friends until Jan 5, when I return to Utah.

I was in Jingdezhen until December 6; from there we traveled to Xian and then Beijing. I am planning to keep updating this blog over the next week or so to fill in some holes. First, I need to sort through my photos. More soon…..